Stereo Xit - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Stereo Xit

c. 1912

J.F. Shew & Co.

London

England

Image of Stereo Xit

Lens:
Two, f6, 5" Aldis Anastigmat No. 2 lenses, iris diaphragm to f64. Serial no. 10720 10721 .

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard T&I roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90. Serial no. R91057.

Construction:
Polished mahogany with aluminium fittings. Leather bellows. Pleated cloth septum.

Format:
Two, 3" x 4 ½" exposures on 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plate held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Rack and pinion at rear of the camera and three positions for the front standard. Giving: Infinity - 3'; 3' - 2' 4"; 2' 4" - 2'. Focusing scale for infinity to 3'.

Attributes:
The removable view-finder is a combined waist-level and eye-level model, not the normal box form offered by Shew.
Removable septum and front panel of shutter for single exposures. Variable separation of lenses: 3 ½" - 2 ¾".

Notes:
Name plaques of Shew & Co. and retailer London Stereoscopic Co. Ltd. L.S.C. address: 3 Hanover Sq. Regent St. L.S.C. address also inside case. L.S.C. moved here in 1912.

With:

  • Septum and spare elastic.
  • Focusing screen. 2 block-form double dark-slides (3 - 6). Film pack adapter.
  • Watson cable release. Rubber bulb release. View-finder with rear mirror (French) correctly masked for format. Leather case with L.S.C. label.

The Stereo Xit was made in two sizes - 6 ½" x 4 ¾" and 6 ¾" x 3 ¼" (double lantern).

The price in 1900 was £5.12.6.

References & Notes:
Xit models. BJA 1900, p. 249. BJA 1902, pp. 393, 982 (finder).

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 5/11/1992 lot 344. Double lantern size. Christie's Cat. 21/8/1980 lot 251. Back without tilt.


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